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NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., September 30, 2009 - BTU International (Nasdaq: BTUI), a leading supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment for the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets, announces that it will highlight leading technologies in booth 189 at the upcoming Solar Power International 2009 expo, scheduled to take place October 27-29, 2009 in Anaheim, Calif.{pagebreak}"We are pleased to present a truly exciting array of new products," said Jan-Paul van Maaren, Ph.D., BTU vice president marketing. "We have next generation technologies for both CdTe and CIGS thin film applications and for silicon photovoltaic use."In thin film photovoltaics, BTU leverages its experience with large-scale, custom, in-line thermal process systems for CdTe and CIGS processes. These systems can be well over 100' in length and include specialized features like coating capability and novel atmospheres. System design is scalable and systems are available for lab, pilot and production use.In Silicon Photovoltaics, our new TRITANTM Drying and Firing furnace is designed for faster process speeds in combination with innovative heating and gas delivery technology. With optimized wavelengths, wafers can be heated at a steep temperature gradient. The proprietary multi-drive system allows the drying and cooling sections to run at a reduced speed, keeping the same

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The new OPDE Group Centre will be located in Turin Italy· The Spanish solar photovoltaic multinational, The OPDE Group - comprising the companies OPDE, MECASOLAR, PROINSO and RIOS- will sign next Friday, October 8th, an agreement with the regional government of Piedmont (Italy) for: The construction of 17 solar facilities in the period 2009-2010; the start up of the operation and the maintenance centre of RIOS photovoltaic systems and the assembly of MECASOLAR trackers and structures; as well as the creation of a Logistics and Research Centre for photovoltaic solar energy in the region.· The project will involve three phases from October 2009 to December 2010 and reflect the steady presence of OPDE in the Italian region for the next few years. The OPDE Group is expected to create 125 new direct jobs, from a total of 375 that will come from the ambitious solar photovoltaic project.· The new Centre in Turin will be the base for OPDE Group expansion into the markets in France, Germany, Austria and the Eastern European countries.September 30, 2009 .- The OPDE group and the regional government

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Biel , 23. September 2009. Today in Hemau, in the district of Regensburg, will see the commissioning of the first megawatt station built by Sputnik Engineering, a Swiss inverter manufacturer. The 632 photovoltaic (PV) plant was installed on open land by SolaStrom Systems GmbH, a system integrator based in Augsburg. At this site the usual low-voltage transformer (400V) is unnecessary because two of a new type of SolarMax central inverter, the SolarMax 330C-SV, feed the power directly into the transformer on the medium-voltage grid.{pagebreak}The transformerless technology of these new inverters has enabled Sputnik to cut both the size and the weight of the system by half compared with the previous models. At the same time, Sputnik's developers have boosted efficiency by 1.5 percent and lowered costs as well. The investor and system operator expects that the system will already be amortised in seven years. The company receives from the local grid operator the price guaranteed by Germany's Renewable Energy Act, 31.94 cents for every kilowatt hour of solar power produced.MaxRemote enables remote controlThe PV system in Hemau is monitored by Sputnik's communications network, MaxComm, together with its internet-based data logger MaxWeb. This is the first time that Sputnik has equipped

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ABB is a market leader in power and automation technologies, enabling utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people.{pagebreak}ABB robots for solar cell and solar module productionABB uses all the latest technology to meet increasing demand in the industry, including high-speed cell and wafer-handling and fully-automated module backend manufacturing, optimising production output and decreasing its overall manufacturing costs. 1. Introduction and purposeManufacturers of solar modules (crystalline as well as thin film) are faced with decreasing market prices and increasing competition worldwide. In order to stay competitive it is now essential to improve continuously the module production towards: * Increasing production output* Decreasing production costs* Improving product quality In future, state-of-the-art production concepts are going to have to include fully integrated and controlled production schemes with high-end flexible automation developed to fulfil the specific demands of the solar industry 

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Flanked by wind and solar thermal energy, photovoltaic is the source to give developing regions access to clean energy. In order to compete with traditional and new energy sources, the photovoltaic industry follows one goal – cost reduction. To address this need, the Meyer Burger Technology Group has come up with a whole range of systems and solutions to slash production costs in wafer manufacturing.{pagebreak}Meyer Burger is a leading supplier of high-tech slicing and automation systems for wafer production, and of measuring and handling systems for cell production. The machines, competences and technologies of the different companies in the group are used in the solar industry (photovoltaics), semi-conductor and optical industries. The thinnest wafers, made from silicon, sapphire or other crystals are required in these three markets to manufacture solar modules, switching circuits or high-performance LEDs. The group’s core competences are made up of a whole range of production processes, machines and systems that are used within the value chain in the manufacture of high quality wafers. This comprehensive range of products is complemented by a worldwide service network with wear and tear parts, consumables, re-grooving service, process know-how, servicing, after-sales service, training and other services. As a globally active

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Black Forest-based Robert Bürkle GmbH succeeded in making a breakthrough in solar module production with its Ypsator, the world’s first and largest multi-opening laminator. Here Managing Director, Ralf Spindler, tells us about the company and its ambitious plans for the future.{pagebreak}With the Ypsator, Robert Bürkle GmbH succeeded in making a breakthrough in solar module production at its first attempt. The German plant manufacturer is now considered a pioneer in the field of multi-opening lamination. Some 20 solar modules can be produced simultaneously on the Ypsator which Managing Director, Ralf Spindler, claims is a world record. Herr Spindler told PES that Bürkle had supplied and commissioned more than 10 multi-opening laminators since the market launch at the end of 2007. “No manufacturer has supplied more,” said the 45-year-old manager. “This adds up to the capacity of around 50 traditional single-opening laminators.” Last year Bürkle also sold 13 units of the Tpsator and in 2008, business in the new photovoltaic sector was worth 31m Euros, raising turnover to 115m Euros. Business had been good this year as well, said Herr Spindler, with five further units of the Ypsator brand ordered and due to be supplied by the end of

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There are very few industries that have grown as quickly as the photovoltaic industry over the last 10 years. Its image as a fancy technology is long gone and it is now on the way to becoming one of the 21st century's sources of energy. Lapp Group’s Michael Collet explains…{pagebreak} The industry has not always been in such good shape, of course. In 1905 Albert Einstein explained the "photovoltaic effect" which had actually been recognised and described for a long time. He also received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1922 for this work. However, it was another 50 years before the Bell laboratories in the US produced the first silicon-based solar cell for use in space. In 1958 Vanguard One was the first satellite to take its energy from one of six solar units made up of solar cells. Then, in the 1970s, thin-film solar cells were produced to provide energy for calculators and watches as well as crystalline cells for producing electricity in regions without power supply systems. In 1988, politicians ensured a further technological breakthrough with the German 1,000 Roofs programme, where private photovoltaic units were funded by the state. The renewable energy law was then passed in 2000

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Alternative energy resources continue to be high in demand, and the photovoltaic industry is still leading the field. In order to ensure availability and short lead times, Swiss based PV connector specialist Multi-Contact largely increased their global manufacturing capacities and invested in state-of-the-art production facilities.{pagebreak} In 1996, Multi-Contact pioneered with the introduction of the world’s first standardised connector for photovoltaic installations. The innovative MC3 connector system was well received by the industry, and still has a good standing in the international market. The MC4 connector followed in 2002, and is today the most popular PV connector worldwide. Closely observing the latest developments and trends in the industry, and based on their long-term experience and expertise in the PV sector, Multi-Contact keep expanding their product range and provide customised solutions for individual requirements. In 2008, the total sales volume of PV products skyrocketed. The global photovoltaic market more than doubled compared to 2007 and the industry was suddenly facing an extremely tight market situation with a temporary shortage of supply. Even though there has been a noticeable decline in the meantime, driven by the current global financial crisis, the demand for photovoltaic solutions remains strong, and the upward trend is likely to pick

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Prediktor is a Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) company with its HQ in Norway and subsidiaries in Singapore, Germany and China. Prediktor is partnering with the PV industry to optimise manufacturing processes and reduce the cost of solar power. The Prediktor Solar Manufacturing Execution System helps realise a plant’s full potential, based on in-depth solar industry experience. During the last eight years Prediktor has installed a substantial base of MES solutions to major PV industry players, such as REC, Elkem Solar, Norsun and Q-cells.{pagebreak} Leaders in the PV industry have recognised that the installation and use of a plant- wide real-time information system is vital to stay profitable and ahead of the competition on the road to grid parity. An MES system collects data in real-time, stores the data in a structured way and delivers information which enables the optimisation of production activities from order launch to finished goods. According to MESA, the goal of an MES solution is to improve execution throughput by five to 15 per cent. Why MES in the PV industryThe PV industry has experienced tremendous growth recently, driven by a seemingly unlimited demand for PV installations. The financial crisis has slowed this process down however and some solar

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In a country which often generates adverse publicity as a result of its fluctuating economy and ever-changing political system, one area of consistently good news lies with its renewables industry, which is seen as one of the most up-and-coming in the world. In fact, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association.{pagebreak}investments in photovoltaics in southern Italy would next year start to compete with electricity from the national power grid. Thanks to generous subsidies and almost continuous sunshine, particularly in the southern tip of the country, Italy is expected to triple PV capacity from its current 450MW to an estimated 1,200 – 1,300MW by the end of 2010. And there is much excitement that grid parity is highly likely to be achieved. “Italy is the first large-scale market where it will happen

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